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Wayne Brown Passses - His friends called him "Crow"

March 29, 2019

Windsor, NS - - Wayne Brown Passses - His friends called him "Crow"

     - Photos added of WRHS Hockey and Basketball Teams 1960-61



Many called him Wayne, many more called him "Brownie" but most of his friends from Windsor called him "Crow"

 

Very sad to hear of the passing of Wayne Brown this month in Nova Scotia.

Thanks to Bob Dimock for providing this photo out of his yearbook of the 1960-1961 WRHS Soccer Team.

     - Added by Bob Dimock on 27 March 2019: Hockey and Basketball Team photos.

 

Thomas "Brownie" Browne:

Browne, Thomas Wayne “Brownie” – 77, Enfield. Wayne passed away peacefully on March 5, 2019 following another illness that he could not beat this time. He was a fighter! His last act of defiance was to have Vicki sneak him in a can of Coke. He loved that! The death of a salesman, father, grandfather, friend, and Sports Aficionado – he will be missed by the many lives he touched throughout the years including those at his last home, The Magnolia (Sand Dollar Cottage). He always said, “They love me here,” and he loved them. Wayne was born on March 1, 1942 in Windsor, N.S. to the late Tom and Margaret (Akin) Browne. He played hockey while growing up in Windsor before meeting his “Valley Girl,” Gloria Jean Miner. They enjoyed dates at The Chickenburger before settling into married life in Fairview to raise their two girls. Brownie worked forever as a GM car salesman from the “C'mon Get Happy” days of O'Regan's Scotia Chev Olds to MacPhee Pontiac and finally finishing up at Carroll Pontiac where “absolutely nobody beats a Carroll deal.” He loved every one of his customers and never forgot them. The neighbourhood kids loved seeing what flashy car he would drive them to school in on any given day. When not busy selling cars, he could be found reciting sports trivia, naming all the capital cities in North America or playing/coaching hockey. Wayne was a card carrying member of The Nova Scotia Public Archives and loved researching old sports teams. He was very proud of his team, The Brownie Selects, who could often be found in the Skybox seats after a championship win. He fondly remembered attending a Jimmy Kimmel show and being called out as Jimmy's dad from the audience. Wayne and his wife, Gloria, moved from Fairview back to Falmouth in 1994 before her death in 2004. He missed her dearly and was never quite the same after losing her. In his final days, he said how much he missed her cooking and that she was “the best looking woman in Wolfville.” He was at peace knowing they would be reunited just before her birthday, after fifteen years apart. Wayne is survived by his two daughters, Vicki Morton and Tracey Browne (George Phillips), Bayside; grandchildren, Lauren and Summer Phillips, Calista and Merissa Morton; sister, Maureen (Carl) Salter; brother-in-law, Jerry (Della) Miner; several nieces and nephews, including Darren, Krista, Scott, Phillip, Emily, Phil, Tim, Sharon, Barbara, Steven, Ken, Sheila, Gwen, Kathy, Leslie, George, Bill and Dawn. He is also survived by his lifelong car/sports buddies, Les Sampson and Vic Smith. They meant the world to him and were friends to the end. He was predeceased by his parents, Tom and Margaret Browne and his wife, Gloria. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, N.S. An informal, drop-in Celebration of Life will be held in the Elmcroft Reception Centre at DeMont Family Funeral Home, 419 Albert St., Windsor on Saturday, March 23rd between 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. followed by a family committal service in Centre Falmouth Cemetery. Donations in Wayne's memory can be made to the Hockey Heritage Museum at 424 Clifton Ave, Windsor, N.S., BirthplaceofHockey@gmail.com or Diabetes Canada. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com I'm really no different than anybody else; except that sometimes I get my name in the paper. Bobby Orr 

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by Bob Dimock:

 I found and scanned this from our high school yearbook of our soccer team.
They year of the photo we made it to the provincial semi finals and we played in Bridgetown, NS. Crow was in goal and did a great job holding a nil-nil tie until…UNTIL.. they kicked a long, high shot that appeared to be ready to drop well in front of the goal. But a gust of wind came up and carried the ball over Crow’s head and into the net.
You could never have created a Hollywood movie scene of that long lonely drive back to Windsor.
Every time I ran into Crow he always brought that game into the conversation.
Another great player, Jacob vanVessom, apparently had taken the loss as deeply as Crow. Jacob was born in the Netherlands and brought a childhood of soccer skills to the team. I talked to his widow and she said that in the hospital in his final days he brought up that game constantly.

Sports. Great marks of our lifetimes.
 
RIP my friend.
 
 
by Al Doran:
 

A few may wonder what this story has to do with softball. Well, a lot actually.

The last time I saw my good friend Crow Brown was in 1998 at the ball yard in St. Croix, NS for the '98 Canadian Senior Men's.

Crow and I sat together for a week watching great fastball and telling great stories from the past. Never laughed so much in my life. Crow could tell a story.

I did not see him again but once we had re connected I was sure to call him every few months at his work place in Halifax, Carroll Pontiac. When he retired and seemed to drop out of sight, I got the WRHS CIA to track him down and get me updates on his health issues.

My early memories of playing ball in Windsor where in the parking lot of the old Windsor Curling Rink and Crow was very much a fixture at every game. He lived in Falmouth that is where he picked up the nickname “Crow” (you had to live there to get it). In spite of his rural roots, Crow just seemed to know when to turn up for a game.

Crow was involved in just about every organized sport in town. Fastball in the summer, hockey in the winter, soccer in spring and fall and so on. I can recall many road trips with the Windsor Academy and later the WRHS hockey team, to Bridgetown, Horton, etc. and Crow always seemed to end up in my 51 Chevy and later my 56 Chevy. He was our built in entertainment.

I ended up in Toronto, Ottawa and then Toronto again and Crow lived the good life in Nova Scotia. We got together many times for Expo games in Montreal and once he even rode the train with us to Toronto to look for a job. I think he took the first train home!

Crow, you will be missed. RIP my friend. Say hello to Rusty and to Dave Fox.

 

by Percy Paris:

Yes, it was sad news to hear. Wayne and I remained in contact after Windsor. Wayne and Ronnie Lee were the 1/2 punch in Halifax for car sales for years. Unfortunately Wayne and I lost touch several years ago. A mutual friend contacted me last week to let me know. Wayne was very popular and at one time “owned" his handpicked hockey team. LOL. I did get to play a few games with him on that team as did Ernie Caldwell and a couple others with Windsor roots. A wonderful individual and walking hockey historian.

Everyone has stories about Wayne and none of them bad. The Nova Scotia Voyagers all purchased or rented cars from Wayne, it was a given!

 

 

by John Paris:

We will miss him Al, he was close to me, and he had asked me to make certain that I mention how much he cared for his family and others. He always smiled and said Johnny you assisted on my big goal in Bridgewater and you and I were always friends and you never judged me, you always introduced me to others as your friend.   Wayne was early at my induction in NSSHOF and of course one of the first picture taken was with him as it was fitting, I enjoyed Wayne (Crow) Brown and yes as one other mentioned Rusty, David and add my Father (Buster Paris) as I know they are all talking hockey or baseball and Crow will have all the stats as a backup. Rest in peace.

 

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